Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi opens his blog ‘Why Pakistan needs Israel’ published in Express Tribune on June 2, with the following quotation “We are so wrapped up in what is good for everyone else, that we are losing sight of what is good for us as a nation. In reply, I may quote a declaration by Israeli leaders sometime back, describing Pakistan as an even bigger threat than Iran, obviously because of possession of nuclear arms by Pakistan, and a sympathy for the Palestinians and Muslims cause in the country.
In support of his case for having good ties with Israel, the writer states “ Israel can help us win unfailing support from many developed countries – Israel has the strongest lobbying powers in the world. If Israel and Pakistan are on good terms, we can use this lobbying to foster healthy relationships with other countries, because other then Saudi Arabia, no major Arab country supports Pakistan”
He quotes certain additional benefits of having good relations with Israel, but these are more theoretical than practical and for which Pakistan has other alternatives. May I also respectfully point out that Turkey had very close relations and high level of cooperation with Israel but that did not deter Israel from murdering in cold blood nine Turks on the peace flotilla to blockaded Gaza and Israel even refuses to apologise over it, which soured the relations between the two. Also, even with its supposed influence with the international community, Israel could not help Turkey get into the European Union, even when it was on the best of terms with it. With an attitude like that, how can one expect that Israel will prove helpful to Pakistan, despite its nuclear arsenal which, in Israel’s view, will remain a threat to Israel, especially in circumstances when Pakistani policies change with every change of government. With a doctrine of ‘never again,’ friendly or otherwise, Israel will remain a threat to our nuclear arsenal which provides us the only deterrent against much bigger India. Also, with Israel’s sponsor United States all set to give India a bigger role in the region, it would definitely be more beneficial for Israel to remain firmly tied to a much bigger India. Additionally, with both Israel and United States considering nuclear Pakistan a threat, they are sure to try dismembering and defanging nuclear Pakistan, of which intention we have clear warning. Such a move will of course be aided, abetted and greatly appreciated by India. With things being what they are, it would be suicidal for Pakistan to develop diplomatic relations with Israel.
Karachi, June 7.